March 5, 2014

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Camp Cards
BSA Health Form Update
Spring Recruiting Night
Recognition Dinner Honorees
Summer Camp
Weekend Events
Friends of Scouting
Council Properties Committee
Position Opening
College of Commissioner Science
Merit Badge College
Young Professional Scouts
Philmont Training Center
Sustainability Merit Badge
Campbell's Field
Eagle Scout Shoulder Patch
Unami Lodge
Health and Safety Tip of the Month
2014 Training Requirements
my.Scouting Tools Updates
New BSAT Schedule

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Camp Card Orientation & Distribution

We are pleased to announce that Camp Card distribution is just around the corner. The cards and Scout sales kits are on their way and we are able to announce our two Camp Card Unit Orientation and Distribution locations on March 13, 2014. Thank you for your patience and the short notice. We did not want to have to reschedule due to delays in production or shipping, especially with this year's weather. We will have cards and sales kits at both locations. We will also take some time to review the details of the sale, Strive for 25 turn in, card reorders, blitz days, updated sale calendar and more. Click here for Camp Card orientation and distribution details and to confirm your unit's attendance.

BSA Health Forms, Now As Easy as A, B, C

Deciding which version of the BSA's Annual Health and Medical Record you need shouldn't raise your blood pressure. And now, you're getting a streamlined version of the BSA health forms and an easier-to-use website to accompany them. The site is the result of several BSA teams (professionals and volunteers) joining forces to make this process a painless one for you and other Scouters.

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Get Ready for Spring Recruiting! 


Congratulations to Council Recognition Dinner Honorees!

Congratulations to this year's class of Silver Beaver Award recipients and to all the honorees who were recognized at the Annual Cradle of Liberty Council Recognition Dinner held on February 27 at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia - Valley Forge. Thank you to everyone that attended! 

Summer Camp is Right Around the Corner! 

Are You Registered for Summer Camp Yet?
Early-bird sign-up prices still in effect!
 
All of our summer camping opportunities still have the early bird registration available! Be sure to register your unit NOW for camp this summer to take advantage of up to $50 off the regular camp fee!

Leader's Guides Online!

Are you attending one of the Cradle of Liberty Council summer camping opportunities? Are you aware of our summer camping opportunities but want to learn more? Check out the Leader's Guides:

Resica Falls Guide | APEX Guide | Cub Adventures Guide 

 

Boy Scout and Venturing Summer Camp Specialty Opportunities

Are your Boy Scouts and Venturers looking for more excitement this summer? Have they been to summer camp, but want to try something new this summer? Make sure you get them signed-up for one of our specialty programs:

  • APEX Week at Musser - Enjoy a week working on Merit Badges or exploring career opportunities in the Medical and STEM Fields. Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to earn four merit badges, and Venturers can explore four career paths.
  • Provisional Week at Resica Falls - Can't attend camp with your troop? Want to go for a second week to have more fun and earn more badges? Attend Resica Falls as provisional Scout and meet new friends!
  • Fawn Run at Resica Falls - Enjoy a week of hiking in the beautiful Pocono Mountains and participating in exciting program along the trail.
  • Paddlerama at Resica Falls - Enjoy a week of Canoeing on the picturesque Delaware River. The Trip is approximately 70 miles, and the Scouts will have the opportunity to earn parts of Whitewater Merit Badge.

 

Cub Scout Medieval Adventures in 2014

Here  ye, here ye! The King and his court invite you to Medieval Adventures for summer camp in 2014. Cubs and their pack will have the opportunity to attend camp for half-week resident session, full week day camp, or stay the whole week as part of our full week resident program! Our prices this summer make it hard to find a better value for your sons time this summer. Register and pay early to save up to $50 off last years' prices! Get more information at www.colbsa.org/cubadventures 

 

Resica Falls Summer Camp 2014Resica Falls Logo

Make sure that your troop has Resica Falls on its radar for your 2014 summer camp! With over 60 merit badges in more than 12 program areas, and a high adventure program second to none, Resica offers something for everyone! New this year will be a program area for welding merit badge and other Mr. Fix-it badges. Sign-up today at www.colbsa.org/resica 

 

Be sure to register each Scout for the merit badges that they plan to take at Resica this summer! Click here for the online registration guide that will help walk you through the process of adding merit badges for each Scout.

 

Camp Promotion Presenters

We are looking for some energetic presenters in each district to help promote all of our summer camping opportunities. If you are interested in serving as a camp promotion presenter, please e-mail John Bickel 

 

Summer Camp Positions Available

We are looking for the best Scouts, Venturers and adults to be on our camp staffs this summer. If you like to work with kids in an exciting, outdoor environment while meeting new people and making new friends, this is a great job for you! Please fill-out an online application if you are interested.
Upcoming Weekend Events

2014 Events - Save the Date!

We are excited to announce our 2014 events that will happen at the Musser Scout Reservation, like COPE/Shooting, Cub Scout Carnival, Fall Fest, and more! Save the date and make plans to attend these exciting events! Check out www.colbsa.org/musserevents for more details and to register.

 

APEX Weekends: Ropes and Barrels

Calling ALL Boy Scouts and Venturers! Are you looking for an exciting day of program in March? Do you enjoy High Adventure activities like COPE, Climbing, Rifle and Archery Shooting? Join us at Musser Scout Reservation for the APEX Weekend: Ropes and Barrels on Saturday March 22 or Sunday March 23! For more details and to register go to www.colbsa.org/musserevents 

 

Shooting Sports

Check out the shooting sports training opportunities HERE, including range officer, shotgun, rifle, and pistol courses.

 

Campmaster Reunion - March 11

Have you spent a weekend (or several!!) helping out as a campmaster at Musser or Resica Falls? Come join us on March 11 at 7:30PM at the Firestone Office for fellowship with other campmasters as we plan the fall of 2014 and 2015 schedules and talk about the new exciting things happening at camp. Please RSVP your attendance to Jerry Rafter at allaboard007@verizon.net 

Friends of Scouting 

The 2014 Friends of Scouting campaign is now underway. Friends of Scouting is a critical annual giving campaign that gives Scouters, parents, alumni, and community members the opportunity to financially support Scouting. Investments made through the campaign assist the Cradle of Liberty Council in offsetting program costs and providing quality service. The true cost of Scouting is much greater than what local dues and event or camping fees cover.

 

Yearly registration fees directly support the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and help provide program development and research, literature, and local council support. The Cradle of Liberty Council uses contributions made through the annual Friends of Scouting campaign to:

 

  • Maintain camp properties and a service center.
  • Organize new Scouting units and support existing ones.
  • Provide professional support and leader training.
  • Distribute program resources and regular communications.
  • Organize activities and events.
  • Offset general liability insurance costs to chartered organizations.
  • Criminal background checks for adult leaders.

Each unit is asked to schedule a presentation date for this campaign between January and April. If your unit hasn't scheduled a presentation yet, please firm-up a date as soon as possible so district volunteers to have enough time to plan for this critical campaign. Your unit may schedule a presentation by contacting your district Family FOS chair or your district professional. Thank you for your support!

Cradle of Liberty Council Properties Committee

The Properties Committee of the Cradle of Liberty Council is actively seeking members with the following skills/professions for upcoming projects:

  • Consultants/Data Analysts
  • Attorneys - Real Estate/Construction/Land Use/Zoning
  • Construction Project Managers
  • Architects, Landplanners, Landscape Architects
  • Civil Engineers
  • Conservation - Forestry, Hunting, Fishing
  • Construction Contractors

Interested parties should contact Paul Garvey, Properties Committee Chair, at paul.garvey@cushwake.com.

The Cradle of Liberty Council is Hiring!

We're looking for a strong candidate to fill an opening focused on providing a quality program experience to our Cub Scouts. This full-time position will provide support and guidance to packs in an assigned area of the council with an overall goal of retaining more youth in Cub Scouting and delivering on the promise of Scouting. The applicant must be a skilled communicator, a motivated self-starter, a hard-worker, supremely organized, and willing to operate on a flexible schedule that includes night and weekend work. 
 

For more information on requirements of the job and how to apply, click here

College of Commissioner Science on March 29

The Cradle of Liberty and Bucks County Councils are hosting a College of Commissioner Science on Saturday, March 29 at the Firestone Scouting Resource Center (originally scheduled for Feb. 8 but was postponed due to weather). This excellent course is a great opportunity for all commissioners to get the tools they need to support successful Scouting units!

 

For more information and to register, please visit www.colbsa.org/cmsrcollege 

Merit Badge College

All Pre-Requisites should have been completed and turned in at our first session Feb 22, 2014. If you have not turned in a blue card signed by your Scoutmaster, it needs to be handed-in on March 15, 2014 (our final session). Please complete all homework assignments by then. Remember your  Scoutmaster has to approve your taking courses and this is acknowledged by his or her signature on the blue card.

Young Professional Scouts Invites You to Connect with Scouting Alumni

The Gentleman's Merit Badge Series continues on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. with "A Gentleman's Guide to Shooting Sports" hosted by Clayton's in Horsham, PA.

 

Attendees will enjoy: Young Pro Scouts

  • Handgun Target Shooting  
  • Pro Tips and RSO Q&A
  • Networking with Young Alumni
  • Refreshments and Door Prizes
  • Discount on future purchase
  • Opportunities to shoot assorted special firearms

Registration is $25 and includes ammunition and range fees. Register now at www.colbsa.org/claytons

Attendance will be limited to just 20 participants and every YPS Event to date has SOLD OUT so be sure register today!

 

Still to come in 2014...

  • Return to Resica Falls Camping and Service Trip May 2-4
  • Social Networking for Professionals
  • ...and more

You can also find out more about the group by connecting with Young Professional Scouts on LinkedIn groups and visiting our Facebook Page. Young professional Scouts also invites you to visit its website to learn more about how you can get involved at http://yps.colbsa.org/

Be the Best - Learn from the Best at the Philmont Training Center 

Philmont Training Center (PTC) is open to all Scouters who want to "deliver the promise" of a great program to your den, pack, troop or crew. What's more, it gives you and your family the opportunity to experience Philmont together. Conference registration is now open for the 2014 PTC season which runs week-long programs starting June 8 through mid-August and into September.

 

For more details on opportunities at PTC, contact Craig Lauer at clauer0522@gmail.com. Craig is one of the newly appointed PTC Ambassadors who can help you plan your experience at Philmont, give travel tips and provide numerous insights. The PTC schedule is available by going to www.myscouting.org and selecting the "Event Registration" tab.  

Sustainability Merit Badge at the Philadelphia Zoo 
Philadelphia Zoo
On March 8, 2014 the Philadelphia Zoo will hold a Sustainability merit badge class, for more information, click here

 

Sleep in the Outfield of Campbell's Field! 
Camden River Sharks
  Want to learn more information, click here

 

Eagle Scout Council Shoulder Patch 

The Cradle of Liberty Council Eagle Scout Alumni Association is pleased to announce 

the release of a special limited edition Eagle Scout Council Shoulder patch that can be worn by Eagle Scouts. These patches will support the Annual Eagle Scout Scholarship fund. For more information please contact Mark Chilutti at chilutti2000@aol.com or click here to download order form

Unami Lodge, One 

2014 Turtle Pass: Do you plan to attend at least two events of the three this year, then signup for the Turtle Pass and SAVE money. Deadline is March 31st.  Click here for more details 

 

2014 Community Service Day: Three locations on March 29th from 8:30am-1:00pm. Visit www.unamilodge.org for more information and locations.

 

2014 Lodge Dues: Cards were mailed, so if you haven't received yours, please email membership@unamilodge.org. More information at unamilodge.org/dues-card.

 

Go to www.unamilodge.org for more information about these events and any Lodge information.

Health and Safety Tip of the Month

  Digital Privacy

 

A key ingredient for a safe and healthy Scouting experience is the respect for privacy. Advances in technology are enabling new forms of social interaction that extend beyond the appropriate use of cameras or recording devices. Although most campers and leaders use digital devices responsibly, educating them about the appropriate use of cell phones and cameras is a good safety and privacy measure. It is inappropriate to use any device capable of recording or transmitting visual images in shower houses, restrooms or other areas where privacy is expected by participants.

See the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting for more.

2014 Training Requirements

All leaders on 2014 Cradle of Liberty Council charters must be position-specific trained, along with having current Youth Protection Training. This includes all Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters, Cubmasters and assistant Cubmasters, den leaders and assistant den leaders, Venturing crew advisors and assistant advisors, Varsity coaches and assistant coaches, Sea Scouting mates and skippers, committee chairs, and committee members.

  • All assistant Scoutmasters and assistant Venturing crew advisors must complete their basic training or they will not be registered in that position. Assistant Scoutmasters and assistant Venturing crew advisors age 21 and older can register and function as a member of the troop or crew committee if they choose to not complete their classroom-style leader training.
  • All Cub Scout leader training and committee training for both troops and packs is available online at myscouting.org.
  • Venturing committee training is expected to be available from BSA National in spring of 2014 and will be mandatory for crew committee members at that time.

By dedicating 30 minutes of your time to complete this training, we are helping to ensure a quality program for all of the youth we serve through Scouting.

 

To read more, click here. To receive monthly email updates about training opportunities offered throughout the council, subscribe to TrainedToday or view past editions here.

my.Scouting Tools Makeover
my.Scouting Tools has a new look. The new design is faster and more dynamic, and now supports Internet Explorer 10 and 11. Additional enhancements in this release include:
  • A revamped News section provides more space to post pertinent and relevant information about my.Scouting Tools, along with other Scouting news.
  • Each Tool icon is in a drop-down list under the Home button to select rather than in a row of large icons after logging in.
  • My Dashboard is now comprised of My Profile and My Training details. Address, contact information, phone numbers, etc., are in separate editable sections instead of one long section to accommodate and adjust to most mobile screens.
  • New My Organization Dashboard tool located under the unit or district organization level contains My Calendar and My Announcements details. 

The Training Manager, Member Manager, and Organization Manager still maintain existing functionality and look that will be updated in the coming weeks.

The following new features are planned in the coming months:

  • Redesign of Organization Manager (assignment of functional roles and security, including Plus 3)
  • Commissioner Tools (replaces UVTS)
  • Advancement Manager
  • Targeted communication

Log into my.Scouting to see the new changes.

New Distribution Schedule for the BSAT
Effective last month, the BSA Today will be distributed on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (as opposed to the 1st and 15th). This change is to better facilitate communication in the council, including accommodating other program-specific newsletters. We'll also be updating the look and feel of the BSAT over the next several months, so stay tuned! If you have comments or suggestions, please email Greg Osborn, Director of Marketing.
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Thank you for being a part of the Scouting movement and the Cradle of Liberty Council! If you have news or information you'd like to see in upcoming issues of the BSAT, please don't hesitate to e-mail news@colbsa.org.

 

Sincerely,
Cradle of Liberty Council